On Wednesday evening, almost 15,000 people tuned in to listen to a special edition of The MMA Hour, during which MMA star Nate Diaz did his first real interview in many months.
As is the case with almost every Diaz interview, it was pure entertainment.
One of the highlights of this interview was Diaz’s riffing on top-ranked lightweight Tony Ferguson, who has been left out in the cold with champ Conor McGregor pursuing a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather and Khabib Nurmagomedov sidelined with health issues and religious obligations. Diaz had plenty to say about the top lightweight, and very little of it was positive.
“The next person that beat the dude that’s next in line would be Nate,” Ferguson said of his previous callouts of Diaz (via MMAfighting.com). “These dudes want to f**king make it soft and be like, ‘Oh money fight, money fight. This and that money fight.’ Yeah that’s cool. The money will come to you, you’ve just got to keep winning. You’ve gotta keep putting in the time but these b**ches want to fight like one time and then go and retire. I understand it. You’re a p**sy, don’t worry about it. You don’t like to fight. You’re in the wrong sport. Go try tennis.”
“This is a man’s sport,” he continued. “I fight. I like to have job security. Give me somebody in front of me that wants to have their ass beat. Give me somebody that wants to go in there and test their wit against me. I thought this was the UFC and we’re supposed to be the best and toughest fighters in the world. Point and proven, Khabib, McGregor, and Nate Diaz are a bunch of bitches. It’s all fake for them.”
“I’m realizing that this division is full of b**ches and I can’t help that. So I’m gonna find work wherever I’ve got to go. . .”
“I’m down to deliver ass-whoopings any day and I’ve been calling out the top guys and even calling out the lesser guys and there’s no bites. These motherf**kers are soft. The only people that I see that are willing to fight for the interim title are the guys that are in like the top 30. These dudes who are like number one, two, literally they f**kin’ disappeared. What are you gonna do if you have the division at a halt? I put this division at a halt, put it that way. I worked my ass up so far up into this division that I became a glitch.”
What do you think of these comments from Tony Ferguson?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/4/2017.